Salisbury videographer spreading mental health message

Salisbury videographer spreading mental health message

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 2:25pm 15th January 2020.

3 minute read

Lewis Jefferies has already written books about his own struggles and is now creating a short film.

Lewis plans to release the video, called 'Fear: Face Everything and Rise' to coincide with the national Time to Talk Day next month.

It's already been filmed, with the first teaser trailer being posted on social media:

Here's a synopsis of what 'Fear' is all about: 

"A 21-year-old man is struggling to cope with mental health problems. When things don't go as well as planned and his stress building up, he intends to take his own life. 

"After hearing voices at the back of his head from his mother and a passer-by, he faces everything and rises to beat his struggles. Walking away, he realises there’s no shame in talking about your emotions."

Fear Mental Health Film January 2020
The promotional poster for Fear

WHEN AND HOW CAN WE SEE THE FILM? 

The finished short will be released at 7.00pm on Wednesday 5th February, ahead of Time to Talk Day the following day.

We'll be able to watch it through the Lewis Jefferies Visuals Facebook page. 

Lewis explains why he wanted to put it together:

"Mental health in males isn't spoken about enough. Our main focus for 'Fear' is to represent the importance of mental health and just how important it is to get people talking about mental health. We're working closely with Time to Change to ensure we do this right. If there's one thing I want to achieve from this, it's to make sure that men realise they're not alone." 

Fear Mental Health Film Lewis Jefferies Visuals January 2020
The short film has been shot in Bournemouth

The main character in the film is played by Samuel MacDonagh, who's also from the Salisbury area - he said: 

"We set out with an ambitious mission to represent an accurate depiction of mental health and the effects that it can have on anyone and everyone.

"I was and am still honoured to have been offered the chance to be in a film like this."

Fear Mental Health Film Lewis Jefferies Visuals January 2020
The makers are working closely with the national Time to Change programme to release the short film

Lewis Jefferies has previously written two books about his mental health journey, in the hope it will help others. 

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